In truth this is a book that I almost did not finish. In fact I started in once, didn't like it at all, put it aside, read three other books and started it again. Four chapters in I thought I really liked it, a few chapters later I considered quitting it once and for all. But, I stayed with it; I wanted to find out what happened to thirteen year-old Natalie Minks, who was smart and interesting, and in an odd maze of a traveling medicine show. In the end, I really liked the book, but thought that it could have been a little more child friendly and should probably be classified as a YA book. I thought it was suspenseful, but the suspense didn't start until page 235.
Readers should know that this book can feel a little creepy and scary at times, nothing too freaky, but not a happy little story.
Rating: * at times and ***** at others; over all, ***